Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Democrat says 'regime change' comment intended as a campaign quip (SF Gat, April 29, 2003)
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Tuesday that his controversial wartime comment saying the United States, like Iraq, needs a regime change was intended as a lighthearted remark.

"It was not about the president, and it was not about the war. It was about the election," Kerry said during a campaign stop in Alabama.

Earlier this month, Kerry came under fire from top congressional Republicans when, during a speech in New Hampshire, the Massachusetts senator said President Bush had so alienated allies prior to the U.S.-led war against Iraq that only a new president could rebuild damaged relationships with other nations.

"When I fought in Vietnam and fought for my country, I didn't give up my right to make quips and to participate in the debate," the lawmaker said.

It was cute that he got that Vietnam part in again. When questioned soon after the statement, Kerry sounded serious and stuck to his words. I guess a slam in Mass. plays better as a quip in Alabama. It turned out that a lot of people were joking after that heal Bush won the war. She was joking, remember.

If we were bogged down in the desert with no sign of an end, would it have been a joke?

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